The people at UK web hosting company Heart Internet wanted to find out what web designers think of their jobs, their perspectives and the industry as a whole. As 5oo designers had their say, the results may well be seen as at least not totally out of range. Still they are not representative for the industry as a whole. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the key findings…
Low Priced, Hard To Find Work For A Largely Male Freelancership
That heading about sums it up. The most basic finding was that 78% of all web designers are male. I’m not surprised although I personally see lots of female designers around. Probably they are more visible than their male counterparts.
Work is hard to find say 80%, while 75% do not expect this situation to get any better soon. Astonishingly still 77% are confident about their job security which might relate to the fact that 63% of all web designers asked are freelance or self-employed anyway.
Prices are on the way down as competition increases, while still 88% see clients as the main obstacles when it comes to pricing. They tend to heighten their expectations, mobile sites come into play, but still underestimate web design with regard to its costs.
There are some more interesting findings to explore. Click on the following infographic for a larger view directly from Heart Internet:
(Source & Copyright: Heart Internet UK)
Dieter Petereit is a veteran of the web with over 25 years of experience in the world of IT. As soon as Netscape became available he started to do what already at that time was called web design and has carried on ever since. Two decades ago he started writing for several online publications, some well, some lesser known. You can meet him over on Google+.